By Erik Oostra
I've ordered the solar charging kit in the picture below.. I bought it because it claims to be able to charge lithium batteries, all the others I looked at said 'only for lead batteries'.. I'm no great expert on these things (you could say absolutely clueless) but I'm thinking about cutting the cord on the car charger and plugging it into the control box.. I've got another 25W panel without a control box but I'm a bit worried what might happen if I hook this straight onto the GPX battery.. I don't want to kill the bloody thing..
My question is will a 20W panel hooked onto a control box charge my GPX 5000 battery without blowing it up?
Thank you very much for any advice on this one.. I plan to prospect areas well away from the power grid and the 12V charging plug in my old 4WD has stopped working since the car got flooded during a river crossing.. If this solar charger does work it'll be a huge bonus for people prospecting in areas far away from civilisation.. Maybe it'll be the game-changer we've all been waiting for 😁..
I do realise this idea has probably been thought of a million times already, it's just that i can't find any related info on the net..
By Ridge Runner
I have been married two times and it’s been a long time.haha
To win this inverter tell me the total number of years to both wives.
Please only one guess for each person. I’ll stop the contest on 3/17/18 6PM CST and the nearest guess without going over is the winner. If someone gets it correct sooner I’ll stop it then.
PS Has one USB port
Just now reading Ridge Runner's contest (I know , it's over!), I noticed some comments mentioned looking for one.......
I live in my RV so inverters (and solar) are in my wheelhouse ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR !
I am partial to the pure sine wave (PSW) type as the sensitive electronics like computers (or a Nox) , are often a bit "gun shy" around the modified sine wave (MSW) units.
I just got a Renogy 700watt PSW inverter last summer and am very impressed with it. ANNNND My Nox seems to like it too.
A bit more power than the prize unit but it will charge two detectors including headphones at the same time. with power to spare. ( A good thing.)
(I won't mention my old inverter as it sucked slime water from the Black Lagoon .... OK, it released the "magic smoke" )
By Old Penny
Whites 5900 Di SL Pro
Need a way to power the unit,
New adventure.. , but I would rather copy
What options do I have? (Welcome to suggestions)
What can I replace the "C" holder with?
For instance, moving the 4.5 volt power pack to a waist belt and cable system, using a 1/8" phono/headphone jack to quick disconnect.
Or perhaps a rechargeable battery pack that can be plugged into a charger without removing.
Has anyone designed a battery system that is fairly quick and easy? (and perhaps even lighter than 4 "C size batteries)
Sub "C" or Double "A" batteries might be an option.
I may make a balsa wood holder if I cannot find the Whites Original for less than 33.00 plus shipping.
Would like to see what others may have done to improve their power requirements.
So many options when it comes to batteries, each with Pros and Cons..
Offer suggestions as I am brainstorming,
Thank you in advance...
PS. (right now I can get a 4 "AA" battery holder for $1.95 and the balsa wood block would be quick and easy to adapt as a slide in)
Curious to your thoughts on the LiPo batteries contained within the Nokta machines. They (Lithium Polymer batteries) are a wild breed in many formats and within the RC community tales of exploding fire batteries are not uncommon. They have special regulations regarding transport/shipment (especially within aircraft) and I've read they can be extremely fickle in regards to charging/storage. I'm only looking for input on the batteries themselves. The product line is amazing and what you get for the price is impressive (SIMPLEX!) and not in question.
Hope everyone is well!